The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) awarded five prestigious awards during its Installation Ceremony at Villa Ragusa in Campbell last month.

2018 REALTOR® of the Year was awarded to Frank Cancilla of eXp Realty. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the principles of good real estate practice, promote home ownership, and provide distinguished service to all SCCAOR Members.

“It was a very humbling experience to be chosen by my peers as the recipient of this distinguished award,” said Cancilla. “I was completely shocked and overwhelmed with emotions after they announced my name. It was an amazing feeling.”

Cancilla has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2000 and has been a broker for the last 13 years. He is a current member of the SCCAOR Board of Directors and was the 2018 Chair of the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation

Another award given out at the event was Affiliate of the Year, awarded to Don Crozier of Kal Financial. Don has been in the mortgage business for over 30 years and has been a SCCAOR Member since 2000. He currently serves as a member of the SCCAOR Affiliate Committee.

“One of the things I enjoy about this business is the ability to give back,” said Crozier. “It’s been a tremendous privilege to work with the REALTORS® in the community.”

The award for 2018 Volunteer of the Year went to Carl San Miguel of Highland Properties. He has been a REALTOR® for 46 years and he is the only two-time Past President in the history of the Association.

“Volunteering is already rewarding by the people you share your time on committees with,” said San Miguel. “To be chosen by my peers for my commitment to the REALTOR® community is icing on the cake. It is indeed humbling.”

The fourth award of the night, the President’s Choice Award, was given to Helen Chong of Haylen Group. Helen has been a REALTOR® for 14 years and currently serves on the SCCAOR Board of Directors.

“It was a complete surprise,” said Chong. “I am extremely honored and humbled to have been given this award, especially among so many other accomplished REALTORS®!”

In a surprise announcement, the Byron Brawley award was presented to Pam Foley. This award, which is SCCAOR’s highest honor, recognizes a career of exemplary and distinguished service to the members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, the real estate industry of California, and the community at large. Foley has been a REALTOR® since 1987 and served as SCCAOR President in 1998.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive the Byron Brawley Award,” she said. “Having served with this wonderful man when he was SCCAOR president, I know what a truly generous man he was. He was a man of integrity, honesty and a high moral compass. He dedicated his career to supporting and advancing professionalism within the REALTOR® community.”

Click here to see videos of each award presentation

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Leadership Team is made up of REALTORS® and one Affiliate member. These volunteer leaders guide the strategy and vision of our Association, and they help make the decisions that directly affect our members.

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The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) installed Gustavo Gonzalez as its President during an evening ceremony at Villa Ragusa in Campbell on January 24. He will serve as the 2019 President of SCCAOR, a real estate trade organization that represents over 6,400 REALTOR® and Affiliate members in Santa Clara County.

Gustavo Gonzalez photo“We are so fortunate to have a passionate leader like Gustavo Gonzalez as our President,” said Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO. “He has served as a civic leader while on the Alum Rock School board, he has provided affordable housing as a property manager, and he has been a local REALTOR® for over 18 years. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to represent our members.”

Gonzalez is the Broker/Owner of Valley View Properties based in San Jose. He served on the SCCAOR Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009 and was Vice President in 2014 and President-Elect in 2018. He has also been a member of the SCCAOR Professional Standards Committee since 2008.

“Family has always been an important part of my life,” said Gonzalez. “My theme this year as President is ‘The REALTOR® Familia – Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success.’ I look forward to a great year of collaboration and teamwork with SCCAOR’s Directors, Committee Chairs, Staff and Members. We are only limited by our imagination!”

SCCAOR Directors group photo

Other SCCAOR Officers that were installed include Sandy Jamison (President-Elect), William Chea (Vice President), and Stephen Theard (Treasurer/Secretary).

They will be joined by SCCAOR Board of Directors, which includes: Kip Barnard, Frank Cancilla, Helen Chong, Kevin Cole, Teressa Francis, Doug Goss, Gene Hunt, Don Jessup, Trisha Motter, Gabrielle Perez, Tam Quach, William Rehbock, Rick Smith, and Mark Von Kaenel.

Hemel photoHemal Sheth has joined SCCAOR as our new Membership Coordinator. Working alongside our Membership Team, Hemal will assist Association members with any questions or issues about their membership.

“I am happy to join the SCCAOR Team and I look forward to helping our members succeed and get the most out of their membership,” said Sheth.

“Hemal is a great addition to our Membership team,” said Tracey Lee, Membership Services Manager. “His background in sales and customer service will be a great benefit to our organization.”

In his free time, Hemal enjoys sports such as football, baseball, cricket, and tennis. He is also a cyclist who enjoys long bike rides.

“For the last four or five years I have participated in the ‘Tour de Cure’ which is the signature fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association,” he said. “The 2018 event was a huge success. We rode for over 50 miles and raised over $1000.”

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® supports the proposed Memorandum of Understanding with Google, Inc. SCCAOR’s support for the MOU extends to support for the long-term vision laid out in the Diridon Station Area Plan originally adopted by Council in 2014. The plan, which includes a vision and strategy for a housing element in the Diridon area, articulates the importance and necessity of Google’s presence and the ability to move forward in approval of the proposed MOU. As a result of this articulated vision for the Diridon Station Area, and Google’s willingness to create a shared vision of benefit to the community and the City of San Jose it is critical to push this project forward into the next phase.

As a member-supported non-profit organization committed to the principles of equal-opportunities in housing, economic development, private property rights, and community building since 1896, SCCAOR identifies the following, specifically, as reasons to support approval of the MOU:

  1. Capitalize on Transit Synergy. Create a “whole greater than the sum of the parts” in the Diridon Station Area with new urban development, expanded transit service, and a new intermodal station in conjunction with transit partners Valley Transportation Authority, Caltrain, and the California High Speed Rail Authority.

  2. Optimize Density and Mix of Uses. Optimize development density and create a complementary mix of uses in order to create a vibrant, transit-oriented urban neighborhood and destination.

  3. Grow and Preserve Housing. Grow and preserve housing in the City to help address rising housing costs and displacement. Housing in the Diridon Station Area should include on-site units affordable to low-income households and “missing middle” households, and market rate homes in a combination that is financially viable for residential developers to ensure that planned housing is built. Affordable units can be built both integrated into market-rate developments and as stand-alone affordable housing projects.

  4. Create Broad Job Opportunities. Promote opportunities for San José residents of all skill and educational levels and diverse backgrounds to prepare for and secure jobs in the Diridon Station Area. Provide opportunities for existing and new small, local businesses to benefit from and/or integrate into the new development.

  5. Pursue Equitable Development. Develop the Diridon Station Area with intent to minimize potential negative impacts on people and place, and to maximize opportunity for local youth and adults to participate and benefit from job opportunities in the Diridon Station Area, through partnerships among the City, Google, and others.

We thank the Mayor and Councilmembers for their continued effort to bring the Diridon Station Area Plan into fruition and to staff for their dedication to making the Google, Inc. project process as inclusive as possible. SCCAOR feels that in the same spirit of collaboration and information gathering that the Station Area Advisory Group was created with, has been captured in the subsequent dialogue and interactions between Google and the community, and between Google and the City of San Jose.

In the wake of the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation (SCCR Foundation) have announced that they have made a $2,500 donation to the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Disaster Relief Fund.

“These wildfires have devastated so many people in the state of California, including many REALTORS® and their families,” said Frank Cancilla, the Chairperson for the SCCR Foundation. “We want to help those impacted by the fires and we are truly inspired to see the outpouring of support from the REALTOR® Family.”

The C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund was established in the wake of the devastating 2003 California wildfires. The fund continues to support REALTORS® and others who have been adversely affected by natural and other disasters by offering grants to affected homeowners and renters for mortgage relief or temporary housing assistance.

Kevin Cole, President of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, said that he is pleased to see that local REALTORS® are also making individual donations. “The continued generosity from our members has been amazing,” said Cole. “At our recent General Membership Meeting, dozens of REALTORS® stepped up and made donations towards the relief efforts.”

Learn more about the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund at www.car.org/difference/realtorscare

Thank you to all our members who came out to our final General Membership Meeting of 2018. This meeting featured an Economic Update from Leslie Appleton-Young, the SVP & Chief Economist from the California Association of REALTORS®, as well as updates from our C.A.R. and NAR Directors. We also recognized our members who have been with our Association for various milestones.

You can click here to download a copy of Leslie Appleton-Young’s presentation.

For those looking to donate to the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund, click here for more information.

Congratulations to the following Members for achieving these Milestones:

30 Years: Lucy Kasparian, Helen Chou, Lillian Dang, John Agresta, Carmen Mainor, April Young

40 Years: Rick Finamore, Susan Fick, Peggy Francis, Greg Cormier

50 Years: Mark Folden